What Makes a Great CAREGiver?

Welcome to the latest edition of Welsh Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Matthew Murray-James of Home Instead in Wrexham & Flintshire.

If you have ever cared for a loved one before or if you enjoy interacting with older individuals and want to pursue an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of older people, CAREGiving might be the career for you.

To kick off the New Year, we’re looking for people to join our team with a desire to build great relationships with our clients. As part of our campaign, #youcancare, we’re encouraging people to consider working in care who may not have before.  If you’re thinking about it, here is a list of top qualities that make a great CAREGiver:

Patience.  Those who provide care to others need to be patient. Sometimes, things may not go as quickly as planned, and there may be a little hesitation at times on the part of the person receiving care. Remaining calm and patient no matter how stressful the task at hand is a really important skill.

Kindness and empathy. A little kindness goes such a long way. Being kind often requires courage and strength and there are many opportunities to practice kindness when caring for clients.

Conversation. You may be the only person an Elderly person gets to speak to that day, having a friendly chat about day to day news, hobbies, old memories and family allows someone the joy of feeling that somebody really does care about them and the life they have lived.

Attentiveness. It is important when providing care to people in their own homes to be attentive to the needs and changes that might take place. The very nature of care means that things can change quickly. Listening, noticing changes in routine or behaviour and taking action are all crucial to providing high quality care.

Dependability. Someone who is in need of care has lost some degree of independence and they have to be able to depend on the person or people providing care to them. A dependable CAREGiver is someone who arrives on-time and provides the highest level of care, every time.

Integrity. Having a strong moral compass means that you do the right thing, not the easy thing. Being trustworthy, honest, and compassionate are key traits to have as a CAREGiver.

At Home Instead, the central and most important part of a CAREGiving role with is offering companionship and conversation. Each CAREGiver is matched to a client based on mutual interests and hobbies to encourage a strong relationship to develop.

If you feel that a CAREGiver job would be for you click HERE to see our latest vacancies